Senior facilities, WCCOA raise funds for Honor Flight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 09 August 2013 09:17
Community organizations and facilities in Wood County and Maumee recently challenged each other to raise funds for the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio program.
The results exceeded all expectations.
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) in partnership with Abundant Life of Perrysburg, the Maumee Senior Center, and Waterford of Levis Commons in Perrysburg challenged each other to the friendly competition with a charitable purpose.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to send the veterans of Northwest Ohio to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built to honor their service. To date, 1,596 veterans have safely flown on 31 flights to see their memorials.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs estimates that approximately 1,000 World War II veterans die each day. Due to their deteriorating health, and their financial limitations, most veterans would not be able to see their memorial on their own. It is through the generosity of their volunteers, corporate and individual sponsors, that Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is able to help provide this service to these veterans.
With Honor Flight's need for extra funds the members of an area Program and Planning Committee for older adults decided to make it their mission to have this collaborative project take flight.
At the same time, the effort would be a way to enhance the image of active aging in the local communities.
Each participating location created an event or events to assist in collecting funds for the project.  
Waterford at Levis Commons and Abundant Life of Perrysburg both held separate "Penny Wars" to collect pennies in a competitive nature and also raise funds.  Abundant Life of Perrysburg alone collected $1,734.20.
"The residents were thrilled to give and excited to take part in this project," noted Heidi Thomas, the assistant resident manager at Abundant Life.
"Our residents are very patriotic and two of their fellow residents participated in the Honor Flight. This project had great meaning to them."
The Wood County Committee on Aging sold pilot pins for the cause.
Other organizations such as the Maumee Senior Center held a line dancing event.
On July 31 at the Wood County Airport Jack Ulery from Abundant Life of Perrysburg, Darcy Mottmiller representing WCCOA and Don Griffith from Waterford at Levis Commons presented Dave Chilson, an Honor Flight Board member, with $2,558. These veterans were extremely honored to give back to a program that has touch their lives and their hope is that many more may enjoy this great experience.

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